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    Dear Parents,

                Hello and welcome!  I would like you to know that I am very excited to work with you this year.  I will provide you with more information at meet the teacher, but I wanted to give you some idea of the basic procedures I will be following throughout the year.

                Middle school proves to be the most difficult transition in a student’s academic and social career.  Lockers, finding their way through a new building under a bell constraint, and learning to have more than one teacher can be challenging.  Time in the environment will ease these concerns.  Having said this, I am happy to tell you that if you are reading this letter, your child has survived his or her first day of middle school.

                This year we will see readers, authors, mathematicians, and historians flourish.  I will promote independence in subject areas by developing your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.  I will be focusing on their strengths and individual leaning styles.  I will provide a positive learning environment for your child, as well as set a strong foundation for continued learning. 

                This year will prove to be an extremely busy one academically.  The curriculum is fun and exciting.  We study the ancient world this year in social studies, read many wonderful stories tailored to your child’s reading ability in ELA, and cover many challenging yet exciting topics in math. 

                Homework is usually assigned in class every Monday through Friday.  When the children are working on projects they may have a few weeks to complete them, which then obviously allows for weekend time as well.  Please check and sign your child’s agenda each evening to ensure that homework is being completed.  This is a tremendous help in getting the student off on the right track.  Please also have supply lists filled by the first full week of school, as curriculum will commence.

                I am looking forward to meeting all of you at Open School Night.  Please try and attend.  I feel that it is important for you to understand the classroom policies and expectations.  This will enhance the opportunity for us to make this a great year for your child.

                Until then, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me at  Together, we can make this a rewarding year!


                                                              Very truly yours,

    Mrs. Renee McCarthy


    Monday and Wednesday 7:45-8:20 a.m.
    room 204

    Scholastic Book Clubs

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    One-Time Class Activation Code: DV89X

    Dear Families,

    Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

    With Scholastic Reading Club:

    • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
    • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
    • You'll find the best values on a variety of formats

    Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or send your order form and payment to me.

    I'd also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you'd like to help out, please let me know! I'm excited to get our class reading!

    Thank you for your support,

    •  VISIT
    •  ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
    •  SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs
    •  SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
    •  All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!